Buhari Deploys Igbo Soldiers to Fight & Suppress Niger Delta Militants – Says Chief Mbazuluike Amaechi
Military intervention into the governance of Nigeria must be blamed for setting the country down the path of perdition in which 170 million citizens of Africa’s most populous nation is currently mired. The military did not only bring economic ruination to the country but also Nigeria’s stable governance scheme which worked quite well in the post-Independence era was marred by repeated impositions of arbitrary constitutional orders that have the vision of the nation’s founding fathers.
When finally, the military got tired of ruling the country, the last of the Mohicans, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, wrote the 1999 Constitution which he promulgated into law with Decree No 24 before handing over to civilian democracy that was headed by President Obasanjo. According to Chief Amaechi, the Obasanjo and Yar’Adua/Jonathan administrations succeeded, somehow, to keep the country on an even keel till 2015 when Buhari was installed president and Commander-in-chief. The fortune of Nigeria began to decline rapidly since outset of the Buhari administration 18 months ago. The economy, national security and social peace are the worst affected.
Worse still was a deliberate policy by the Buhari presidency to assail the very institutions of government as a matter of routine. Buhari redeployed the tactics he had used during his brief stint as a military head of state in the 1980’s to cow the legislative arm of government as well as the judiciary. Security agencies, such as the armed forces and the Police, are currently selectively put under the control of Buhari’s acolytes and partisan loyalists with a clear mandate to squash all political opposition, even if that involved extrajudicial killings.
What riled the elder statesman most is the fact that President Buhari preferred to order extrajudicial killing or incarceration of pro-Biafra agitators which comprise mostly Igbo youths resident in the Southeast and the diaspora. The escalating discontent nationwide has also pushed the Niger Delta militants, such as the emergent Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), into brazen acts of economic sabotage that included disruption of crude oil pipelines connecting the oilfields in the hinterland to the coastal ports. Again, President Buhari opted for strong-arm tactics instead of dialogue. He ordered for military subjugation of the militants at all cost. But to achieve his aim, he preferentially selected Igbo-speaking soldiers to go to the swamps and fight with the militants who are ethnic neighbors in the Lower Niger. The dastardly act is possibly aimed at sowing divisiveness between the indigenous peoples being subjugated, enslaved and exploited since the Civil War.
Chief Amaechi spoke for millions of his people of the Lower Niger when he charged that the Buhari’s primary interest in seeking a $30 billion loan from the IMF and global financial powerhouses is to source the hard currency with which to procure additional arms and ammunition with which to mow down unarmed pro-Biafra agitators and determined insurgent Niger Delta militants. He portrays President Buhari as someone whose bitter hatred for the Igbo ethnic nationality has been the dictator’s hallmark in national governance since the Civil War, nearly 50 years ago.
The YouTube video ended with the assertion that Buhari’s obsessive hatred for the Igbo was the main instigator for the 1983 military coup d’état that overthrew the Shagari/Ekwueme civilian administration of the 2nd Republic. Buhari’s calculation was that sacking the civilian administration in the immediate aftermath of the 1983 general elections was the best means to make doubly sure that the then Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, who is Igbo, shall never get the opportunity to succeed President Shagari at expiration of the latter’s 8-year tenure as head of state. Chief Amaechi reaffirms that Buhari has, throughout his military and political career, shown beyond doubt that he is a dyed-in-the-wool dictator and avowed hater of Ndiigbo, in particular and other Nigerians, in general. Unfortunately, for Nigeria, the legislative and judicial arms of the central government in Abuja have cowered to President Buhari’s strong-arm tactics thereby giving free rein to the butcher in the Aso Rock Villa.